Rob, Stephanie & Beacon
From our little family to yours, we pray that you have a Christmas that is filled with celebration, love, and all the joy that comes from giving and receiving while we spend time with those you love. We know that this kind of true joy can only come because of the hope we have in the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But, we also recognize that this time of year is filled with pain, grief, and sadness for a lot of families as well. If this is true of your Christmas season, it is our prayer that amid your sadness you might be able to recognize that the hope of Christ can never be lost in darkness - in fact, Christmas causes us to remember the fact that Christ came and triumphed over the darkness!
If you're like us, you've already taken part in some Christmas celebrations with your families. But, before you continue on to all the various parties that you have planned for today and tomorrow, will you take a few minutes to listen to these two songs? They invite us to remember that Christmas is most certainly about gifts - but not the kind that come wrapped in red and green paper with sparkly ribbon and bows on top. Rather, let us remember the gift that came wrapped in humility, given not because our names were drawn out of a hat by a family member, but given because our names are written in the Book of Life and because God loves us so much.
"Jesus Is Alive" - Josh Wilson
"Alive" - Natalie Grant